Trees and bikes make good places better! I'm inspired by the work of TREE Fund--supporting research on urban trees and those who work in urban aboriculture, and want to support those efforts by participating in the 2018 Tour des Trees. Please help me raise money for the TREE FUND by donating whatever you can- simply use the 'Donate' button below. Thank you in advance for your generosity, it means a lot!
What is the Tour des Trees?
The Tour des Trees, an annual weeklong, 500+ mile cycling adventure, is the primary public outreach and engagement event of Tree Research and Education Endowment Fund (TREE Fund). Since 1992 Tour riders have cycled through communities in the U.S., Canada and the U.K., planting trees, educating children and shining a light on the work done by arboriculture professionals and the importance of science-based tree care. The Tour serves to advance TREE Fund’s mission to support scientific discovery and dissemination of new knowledge in arboriculture and urban forestry.
Full-Tour cyclists commit to raising at least $3,500 for TREE Fund; part-time riders have reduced commitments. Event expenses are defrayed by TREE Fund’s generous partners, so 100% of the funds raised by riders can be applied to new grants, payments on multi-year grants awarded in prior years, or added to permanent endowment funds that will sustain research into the future. Thus, the Tour has been an important means by which TREE Fund has been able to disburse over $3.4 million in funding since 2002.
TREE Fund research has produced better ways to plant and care for urban trees, making them more resilient, more resistant to pests, and less prone to failure. The Tour also supports education programs aimed at connecting young people with the environment and career opportunities in green industries.